I am not a big planner, I like to go with the flow, and live in the moment. Yet, as a parent I have learned that simply living in the moment, and handling things as they arise is not always the most effective, responsible, or thoughtful thing to do.
Before I even had children, I obsessed over how to deal with the Santa Claus question, what to tell my Jewish kids that wouldn't make them feel left out, but wouldn't lead them to tell others that Santa wasn't real. But mischevious leprechauns for St. Patrick's Day? What the what?
In theory, one would think buying a Christmas tree consists of simply driving to a tree sale, choosing a tree, paying for it and then heading home with the tree to set it up. Once you toss two young kids into that equation, you'll need to add a minimum of 97 steps to that theory.